MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT
If no one else is asking the question, I can’t be afraid to be the one to ask it. It is critical to know if candidates (school board, legislative, mayoral) have a position on arts education. If they don’t have one, offer to share some resources. From the highest level of government (check out this 2011 report from the Presidential Commission on the Arts and the Humanities) to individual students (here’s a powerful video from students in Boyertown, PA) , the impact is clear. If the candidate cannot respond to your concerns, start looking at other candidates.
What other ways have you found as a parent to advocate for arts education?
Deb Vaughn is Arts Education/Poetry Out Loud Coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission and a mom-to-be.
Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of posts by Deb in honor of National Arts in Education Week. Yesterday, Deb discussed ways to stay informed and be a self-educator for the sake of your child’s education. This series is expanded from Deb’s recent blog entry for Americans for the Arts.